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Community Resources Inc. consolidating offices on Market Street

Community Resources Inc. development coordinator James Dismond and Executive Director Lew Newberry stand at the site of the new Community Resources Inc. offices at 1037 Market St., the site of the former Miracle Ear office. (Photo by Brett Dunlap)

PARKERSBURG — The Community Resources Inc. offices in Parkersburg are all moving to one central location in early January.

As of Jan. 3, the offices will be located at 1037 Market St., the site of the former Miracle Ear office.

”We will be open for business then,” Executive Director Lew Newberry said.

Community Resources Inc. (CRI) currently operates two offices in Parkersburg, an administrative office on Rosemar Road and a service office on Market Street.

”This move will allow us to combine offices into one location,” Newberry said. ”This will allow our staff to collaborate together.

”It will create operational efficiencies and cost efficiencies. It will better meet the needs of our clients by being in downtown Parkersburg,” he said.

CRI has offices in the 10-county West Central West Virginia: Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wetzel, Wirt and Wood.

”We have offices in 10 counties, but Wood County is our primary service area,” Newberry said. ”We will offer all of our programs out of this site.”

Programs include case management services for people in low income situations, homeless and poverty level; crisis situation where they help people get safe affordable housing; helping those in need with home improvement/weatherization in sealing up air gaps to improve energy efficiencies and increase their discretionary income, and offering free income tax preparation service beginning in mid-January.

The securing of the new office space and the move have been worked on for the last four months as their growth has dictated the need for more space.

”We have expanded from a service standpoint in the last year so we have grown out of the offices we were currently in,” Newberry said. ”We have brought two new programs to the agency, Faithlink…and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

”With the staff additions and their operating needs, we have outgrown current space,” Newberry said.

CRI started a for-profit subsidiary which employs seven people; the profits from that go back into Community Resources Inc. to support the non-profit services  provided.

The site will initially have 18 people located there.

Development coordinator James Dismond said the reason they wanted to be centrally located was for accessibility.

”A lot of times we don’t realize that people in poverty, they may be on their last $5 of gas, their last $2 to be able to ride the bus, so if we can provide all of these services centrally here in downtown Parkersburg we can help save them money,” he said. ”I think that was the main driving force to get all of our offices located here so when people come in. If they needed any of our other services, it is literally a foot step away.”

It was important the new offices were along the bus routes for those who use public transportation, Newberry said.

”This is a perfect drop-off spot for them,” he said.

Newberry said other agencies, such as the United Way, the Wood County Senior Citizens Association and Department of Health and Human Resources, are nearby and within walking distance.

”Clients can now come and work out of one central location,” Newberry said. ”This will give us the room to continue to grow. We have some merger plans with other agencies so this space will give us adequate room to bring them in.”

Office hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday for walk-ins and appointments.

For more information, call 304-485-5525 or check the Facebook page or website at www.cricap.org

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